I believe every person struggles with what to cook for their family. I struggled so much I used to avoid the thought until someone came downstairs and demanded dinner. I would open up the refrigerator and stand there. I do not know what I expected to happen but the chef I hoped for didn’t tumble out of my freezer.
I realized a couple of things that not planning resulted in. The first was my food budget was out of control. I mean truly mortifying. The second thing I realized is when I walked around the store and threw things in the basket I got home, and nothing went together. The third and most embarrassing thing is we began to throw away a lot of food.
The worst part about all of it is I felt I was failing. Then one day I saw a 7-day meal plan. I figured I could do anything for seven days, so I went through my families favorite recipes, and I wrote down a list of 30. I then created a calendar. I pulled out my family calendar to see what nights I should cook what meal on.
I felt like a rock star. I had a plan and for the first time in years. I wasn’t anxious when I opened up my refrigerator. Then something even better happened.
I figured out that I could double up some of my favorite recipes which saved me time and money and then the next month I would have less to cook. I find that using a calendar and a plan has helped me to become the mom I wanted to be. I no longer hide in the bathroom or the closet. Yes, I have done both hoping they found something to eat so I wouldn’t have to cook.
I use my calendar to save both money and time. You can read about how I have saved thousands using a calendar in this post How to save money using a calendar.
These are tried and true menu ideas that are easy, healthy quick meals that will not drain your bank account or your energy reserve.
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August 2017 Free Printable Menu Calendar
This July, we have tasty, easy and healthy meal plans for dinner for the whole family.
Healthy Dinner Meal Plan for August
1. Chicken and Vegetables
2. Crockpot Crab and Corn Chowder
3. Pulled Pork
4. Spinach Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
5. Tuna Frittata
6. Crockpot Lemon Chicken
7. One Pan Mexican Quinoa
8. Philly Cheese Steak Skillet
9. Bacon Ranch Stuffed Burger
10. Slow Cooker Turkey Stuffed Peppers
11. Skillet Chicken Fajitas
12. Crockpot Salsa and Cheese Chicken
13. Slow Cooker Garlic Drumsticks
14. Vegetable Cauliflower Rice
15. Chicken Teriyaki Skewers
16. Sunflower Kale Flatbread
17. Black Bean & Rice Tacos
18. Grilled Chicken & Kale Pita
19. Maple BBQ Glazed Salmon
20. Sweet Pepper Nachos
21. Oven Baked Steak Fajitas
22. Vegetable Minestrone Soup with Quinoa Pasta
23. Mushroom Enchilada Casserole
24. Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole
25. Chicken and Greens with Tortellini
26. Salmon and Blueberry Salad
27. Easy Chicken Marsala
28. Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas
29. Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken
30. Oven Baked Eggplant
31. Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Dessert Recipes for August
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